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About Us

The foundation of Healthier Minds Psychoanalysis and Psychological Services, PLLC began with the motivation and dedication of Dr. Shirley Disu to create a holistic quality of authentic behavioral health care for New Yorkers. Our mission is to empower clients, families, and practitioners to reach resiliency by providing therapeutic opportunities through positivity using purposeful tools.


The goal of psychological wellness is to actively engage in self-development and enhance one’s capacity to regulate fluidity between emotions, mind, and body effectively.

Our Clinicians

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Shirley Disu, PsyD., M.Psa, CCLS, NC-PsyA, LP, NCCA

Founder & Director

Warm, understanding, and creative are some of the many descriptors of Dr. Disu. She is an eclectic New York/New Jersey Licensed Psychologist, New York Licensed Psychoanalyst, Certified Child Life Specialist, and Certified Clinical Aromatherapist that strives to equip patients and families with empowering tools to drive emotional balance, intra/inter-personal connections, and resiliency. Her 15 year career in psychological wellness include working in early childhood centers, elementary schools, child welfare, community mental health, and medical center settings. Dr. Disu recognized ethnic health disparities and pursued to provide a more holistic approach to better behavioral health of her clients, families, and communities.

Dr. Disu engages in integrative therapeutic approaches, facilitates various groups (social skills for children/adolescents, parenting, adult-themed), creates psychoeducational content, conducts psychological/secondary evaluations, provides mental health consultation for schools, and consults with health/school practitioners. Dr. Disu continues to provide clinical supervision for psychology and psychoanalytic graduate students.

Dr. Disu’s educational achievements span from receiving degrees and certifications from California Southern University, International School for Mental Health Practitioners, University of La Verne, Teacher’s College-Columbia University, and California State University Los Angeles.

Due to Dr. Disu's versatility, she has numerous specialty areas that span across the lifespan and experiences in the journey of life.   

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